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Joined 08-26-12, id: 4223606, Profile Updated: 08-31-14
Author has written 37 stories for Closer.

I'm not sure what to say about myself as tooting my own horn usually sounds dissonant to my own ears. But I will say that I started writing stories for The Closer because the series ended long before I was ready to let go of that marvelous, complicated, lovable, frustrating, and perplexing character, Brenda Leigh Johnson.

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Something Better by Kate Rosen reviews
Brenda has gone through many changes recently with the death of her mother and leaving her job at the LAPD. Just when she feels like her life is getting back on track, the unexpected happens. How will she and Fritz cope?
Closer - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 8 - Words: 37,122 - Reviews: 56 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 11/25/2013 - Published: 1/24/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H.
Respect by Labyrinth01 reviews
A brash new agent gets under Fritz's skin. When the young man insults Brenda in front of him, can Fritz control his temper?
Closer - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,501 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 3 - Published: 7/30/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Letting Go by ProcrastinationQueen reviews
While in Atlanta, Brenda begins to deal with the loss and changes in her life. DISCONTINUED - please read the absolutely amazing Welcome Her Home With Red Roses by Labyrinth01 instead. She has written this tale far, far better than I ever could have.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 6 - Words: 11,785 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 3/15/2013 - Published: 10/26/2012 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H.
The Pathology in the Partnerships by ProcrastinationQueen reviews
One shot, beginning with the final scene in Blue Blood, the Season 2 premier. Brenda had told Gabriel that sexual pathology is the most difficult aspect of our personality to change. Could Brenda break some old patterns in letting Fritz move into her home and heart?
Closer - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,978 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 12/13/2012 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Friendly Advice by BeebleZeeble reviews
Just a drabble I made. Fritz's advice for getting along with Brenda at work. No specific time frame, besides being post-wedding.
Closer - Rated: K - English - Humor/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,077 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 11/23/2012 - Fritz H., Brenda L.J. - Complete
Thirteen Days, Seven Hours, ThirtySix Minutes by Labyrinth01 reviews
Brenda is in Atlanta for an entire month after she leaves Major Crimes. Can Fritz make it though without her with only phone calls to keep them connected?
Closer - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,428 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 3 - Published: 9/4/2012 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
And that is why I Love You by Whas'up reviews
A killer that writes love notes to Chief Johnson is murdering woman across Los Angelos. The thing that links them? They remind the killer of a blonde haired, brown eyed Deputy Chief.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Suspense - Chapters: 9 - Words: 13,232 - Reviews: 59 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 36 - Updated: 8/13/2012 - Published: 7/15/2010
Penance, Past and Present by Labyrinth01 reviews
When will Brenda stop paying for her long-ago affair with Will Pope?
Closer - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 7 - Words: 34,487 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 2 - Published: 2/17/2009 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
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A Total Eclipse of the Tart
When Brenda meets an old nemesis she realizes once again that sometimes a win masquerades as a loss.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,601 - Published: 2/3 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H., OC - Complete
Christmas Presents reviews
Brenda proves to Fritz that, no matter how old we are, there is still a child within each of us.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,338 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/16/2014 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
The Brides of Frankenstein reviews
While there's fun to be had, Halloween parties bring out the worst in some people.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 12,536 - Reviews: 3 - Updated: 11/11/2014 - Published: 10/28/2014 - Complete
The Seer reviews
Sometimes it takes a total stranger to help us see through the veil of our own fear and indecision.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama/Mystery - Chapters: 4 - Words: 15,275 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/30/2014 - Published: 9/9/2014 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
In Sickness and in Health reviews
Fritz has had a heart attack and has convinced the doctor to allow him to begin working at S.O.B. But he hasn't told Brenda about his heart condition.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,062 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/26/2014 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea reviews
Brenda and Fritz are each offered jobs - thousands of miles apart. Is there a way to maintain their marriage while reaching for different career goals?
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,736 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 8/12/2014 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
The Pool Boy reviews
Brenda has a new house, complete with a pool. But it comes with a pool boy who has his own idea about fun. This is a one-shot to kick off the summer.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,960 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/1/2014 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Insanity reviews
Brenda realizes that insanity comes in several forms
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 11,901 - Reviews: 12 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 6/3/2014 - Published: 5/20/2014 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
The Path Home reviews
Even though Brenda is now working in the District Attorney's Office, an issue from her LAPD past is still haunting her. This story begins five months after the series ended.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 7 - Words: 34,904 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 4/22/2014 - Published: 3/10/2014 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Valentine's Day Fiasco reviews
As the Bard once said, "The course of true love never did run smooth".
Closer - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,387 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/10/2014 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
A Family Christmas reviews
Brenda is looking forward to a Christmas visit from her brother. At the same time she and Fritz find themselves working to reunite another family for Christmas.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 5 - Words: 17,425 - Reviews: 7 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 12/24/2013 - Published: 12/19/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H.
The Red Ghost reviews
Brenda is confronted by a dangerous ghost from her past. This story is a Halloween gift to my readers.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama/Suspense - Chapters: 5 - Words: 18,224 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 11/18/2013 - Published: 10/28/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Two Dinners reviews
Brenda and Fritz each go out to dinner with an old flame.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,909 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/1/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
The Wedding Planner reviews
Brenda finally turns her attention to her upcoming wedding.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,721 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/4/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Family Reunion reviews
Brenda must deal with two unpleasant men: a murder victim and her ex-husband.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 4 - Words: 12,455 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 8/21/2013 - Published: 8/5/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Those Eyes reviews
Brenda evaluates two important men in her life.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,496 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/23/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Joel Doesn't Lie reviews
Brenda is presented with a big challenge: saving Fritz. But getting the LAPD and the FBI to support her is also challenging.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 3 - Words: 9,113 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 6/26/2013 - Published: 6/24/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Everything Is Her Fault reviews
Now a lonely single man, Will Pope thinks about his relationship with Brenda through the years. It's so much easier to point the finger at someone else than it is to turn the hand around and point the finger at ourselves.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 8,030 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 5/30/2013 - Published: 5/28/2013 - Brenda L.J., W. Pope - Complete
Love Child reviews
As Brenda works her case she and Fritz have to confront their own childless state.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 2 - Words: 8,235 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 5/9/2013 - Published: 5/7/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Surrender reviews
Brenda and Fritz discover a long-held family secret.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,835 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Published: 4/29/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
The Obsession reviews
Brenda discovers she has a rival for Fritz's affections
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 10,987 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 3/28/2013 - Published: 3/21/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Broken Arrow reviews
All marriages hit rough patches. But if the husband and wife truly love each other they can work through them.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,425 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 3/9/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Girls Night Out reviews
This story begins where "Heroic Measures" ends.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,797 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/23/2013 - Brenda L.J., I. Daniels - Complete
Wedding Complications reviews
No matter how well planned, weddings always have complications.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,310 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/9/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Two Cases reviews
Brenda has two cases to juggle. This story begins where "The Meeting" ends. After you read it, please leave your review. Thank you.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 4 - Words: 16,376 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/31/2013 - Published: 1/22/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
The Meeting reviews
Brenda is determined to keep a promise she made to Fritz before she left for Atlanta.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,891 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 3 - Published: 1/8/2013 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Christmas With The Family reviews
Sometimes holidays with family are not Christmas card perfect. But we celebrate them anyway.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,446 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/25/2012 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
The Agent reviews
Do we really know what we'd do if our backs were to the wall? Desperation is an extreme motivator.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 12,053 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 12/8/2012 - Published: 12/2/2012 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Apology reviews
Sometimes an apology isn't enough to heal a wounded spirit. Action is the best medicine.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 11,115 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 11/26/2012 - Published: 11/15/2012 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Thanksgiving reviews
This is a little quickie written as an expression of my thanks to all who read my stories. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,607 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/21/2012 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Masks reviews
This story begins where "Flashpoint" ends.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 24,594 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 11/2/2012 - Published: 10/20/2012 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
What Did You Mean? reviews
For Brenda and Fritz, it's all about context, tone, and best of all, body language.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,929 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/10/2012 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
The Family Circle reviews
Even loving families have challenges. This is the story about how the Johnson clan dealt with one such challenge.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,454 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/6/2012 - Brenda L.J. - Complete
The Visitor reviews
Brenda meets someone from Fritz's past.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,241 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 3 - Published: 9/27/2012 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Scrapbooks reviews
This is my third story. Enjoy!
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,259 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 2 - Published: 9/21/2012 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
After the Bullets reviews
This takes place immediately after Brenda shoots Stroh. This is my first story. Ever. After I wrote it I read ProcrastinationQueen's wonderful story on the same subject. While hers is just wonderful, since I spent time writing it I didn't want to not let others read it too. Thank you in advance for any comments and help.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 6 - Words: 12,204 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 9/14/2012 - Published: 8/28/2012 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete
Hollenbeck reviews
This story recounts Brenda's and Fritz's earliest meeting - at CIA training. Since this is my second story I would really appreciate your reviews and helpful hints. Thanks in advance.
Closer - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,134 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 3 - Published: 9/2/2012 - Brenda L.J., Fritz H. - Complete